Careers for the future

Need to top-up your retirement funds? We offer four realistic and in-demand job ideas to help you cover your living expenses.

You’re approaching retirement and wondering whether your savings are sufficient – only to subsequently find that you need to subsidise your funds. So what sort of work can you do at this stage of your life? You’re probably not the only one pondering this question. So, we consider how you can find real job opportunities – now and in the future. 

Retail assistants

According to Department of Employment estimates, around 45,000 new jobs will be available for retail assistants over the next five years – making the retail sector the second-highest job growth area in Australia. Clothing and household goods retailers will be the employers most likely seeking staff. 

Handyman/tradespeople

If you’re handy with tools, then you’ll be glad to know that construction industry jobs are expected to increase by around eight per cent by 2018. That roughly translates to 83,500 jobs for tradesmen, builders and construction workers. And with insufficient tradesmen to meet this growing demand, why not try your hand as a freelance handyman? Businesses such as ‘Hire-a- Hubby’ and ‘Jim’s’ are always looking for potential franchisees. But it would be more beneficial for your hip pocket to cut out the middleman and market yourself as a help-around-the-house handyman in your neighbourhood. 

Healthcare

Already the nation’s biggest employer, the healthcare industry will account for 25 per cent of new jobs created between now and 2017. 

Aged care facility managers, clinical care managers, registered nurses and physiotherapists will be most in demand, but if you don’t have those skills, or are unable to undertake the necessary training, then there’ll be plenty of options for less-skilled assistance work in hospitals, healthcare facilities and special assistance centres. 

Healthcare also has the advantage of being a major job provider in regional and country areas, as well as city and suburban locations. 

Bookkeepers

It’s highly likely that you’ll be counting your own coins in retirement, but using that special skill may also net you a well-paid job in the future. So if you have a good head for figures, a basic bookkeeping-software training course – such as MYOB and Xero – can set you up as an in-demand freelance or part-time bookkeeper. 

For more information on how you can earn income throughout retirement, consider visiting the following websites:

seeklearning.com.au

Department of Education and Training Job Guide

AARP.org/work

Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.
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